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Sourcebook for Garden Archaeology

Methods, Techniques, Interpretations and Field Examples

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Amina-Aïcha Malek

The Sourcebook for Garden Archaeology addresses the increasing need among archaeologists, who discover a garden during their own excavation project, for advice and update on current issues in garden archaeology. It also aims at stimulating broader interest in garden archaeology. Archaeologists with no specific training in garden archaeology will read about specific problems of soil archaeology with a handful of well-developed techniques, critical discussions and a number of extremely different uses. Methods are described in sufficient detail for any archaeologist to engage into field work, adapt them to their own context and develop their own methodology. While the Sourcebook aims at bringing together different disciplines related to garden archaeology and providing an overview of present knowledge, it also hopes to encourage development of new directions for the future.

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THE CONTRIBUTORS Anne ALLIMANT-VERDILLON, a former fellow at the Academy of France in Rome (Medici Villa,) holds a Diplôme d’Études Approfondies in Art History and Archaeology and a Certificat d’Etudes Appliquées et Approfondies on Historic Gardens and Landscapes. Being at the origin of garden archaeology in France, she has excavated about 20 gardens since 1993. On top of her role as an historian and archaeologist she also contributes to the continuing education of many professionals involved in heritage conservation (architects, landscape architects, public managers…) and to teaching in an Academic context. She also shares some responsibility with architects in monitoring garden restoration projects. Leigh-Ann BEDAL is an assistant professor at Pennsylvania State Erie, The Behrend College, where she teaches anthropology and archaeology. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from California State University, Northridge (1986), her M.A. in Mesopotamian Art and Archaeology from the University of California, Berkeley (1992), and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania (2000). For her dissertation, she directed a survey and excavation of the “Lower Market” of Petra, the results of which revealed the site as a monumental pool- complex and garden terrace. She received grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Center for Oriental Research (ACOR) and Dumbarton Oaks to support her fieldwork, and was a Garden Studies Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks in 2000-2001. Her dissertation was published by Gorgias Press in 2004. Bruce BEVAN is a geophysicist who applies a wide variety of geophysical techniques to archaeological...

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